General Rules:

  1. Owner and Handler must both be current paid OMCBA members in good standing to enter or handle a dog in any OMCBA Event, and only OMCBA Registered can be entered.
  2. There shall be three dogs in each cast unless there is an odd number of entries, in this cast there may be a two dog cast, with only one handler per dog.
  3. Club must hold a two or three hour hunt. This must be announced.
  4. Cast winners always place over noncast winner.
  5. To place in an OMCBA Coon hunt, the dog must have plus or circle points. If your total score is zero or minus, the dog will not be placed in the hunt.
  6. If the scorecard does not come in before the deadline, the cast will be scratched.
  7. In the event of 2 dogs owned by one kennel draw out together, these dogs will not be allowed to hunt together. They will be re-drawn.
  8. POINT SYSTEM: First Tree = 100 points; Second Tree = 40 points; Third Tree=25 points.
  9. There will be no strike required in an OMCBA Coon Hunt. No strike points will be awarded.
  10. All handlers and members of the cast must stay close together and not separate, unless dogs split tree.


  1. Points will be awarded only when a coon is seen by the majority of the cast members or a non-hunting judge. (The coon must definitely be seen)
  2. If a coon is caught on the ground, points will be divided among all dogs involved in the cast that are declared treed.
  3. Points will be plus if a coon is seen in a tree that is touching the tree the dogs are treed on.
  4. For plus points to be awarded, the dog must be showing treed to the satisfaction of the judge on the arrival of the tree.
  5. When a dog is declared treed, tree points will remain open for one minute. All dogs declared treed after 30 seconds and before 1 minute will receive 3rd place points. At 1 minute the tree points are closed and no other dog(s) may receive points for that tree.


  1. When a handler calls a dog treed that is not his dog; They will be warned the First Time; Second Time will be minus 100 points; Third Time the handler will be scratched from the hunt.
  2. When a dog is declared treed and leaves the tree, points will be minus.
  3. When a dog trees and it is evident that a coon is not in the tree or in the immediate vicinity, points shall be minus.
  4. When a dog or dogs are declared treed, one dog must bark every 2 minutes until the cast arrives at tree or all dogs declared treed will be minus.
  5. If a dog moves over 15 normal steps from the tree it is declared treed on, points will be minus.


  1. Points shall be circled if a dogs trees and there is a hole in which a coon could be hiding (leafy tree or nest).


  1. Dogs will be scratched for growling, fighting, or showing aggression toward other dogs on the 1st offense.
  2. If Female is in heat.
  3. For any unnecessary delaying completion of the cast.
  4. If a handler is drinking or abusive in any way toward a judge.
  5. If a dog is opening on the ground for a period of time running other dogs.
  6. If a dog is baying or running domestic stock.
  7. Anytime a during a hunt that a dog’s total score is -300 the dog will be leashed and scratched from the cast.
  8. Anytime a dog fails to hunt for a 30 minute period of time, the dog will be scratched from the hunt.


  1. Dog with the most circle points
  2. Dog with the most first plus trees
  3. Dog with least minus points


Only a judge may call time out. Time-outs may be called when the judge feels that it would be beneficial to the successful completion of the hunt. No time-outs are to be called when dog(s) are declared treed.


Must be a current member of OMCBA and be in good standing. It is the handler’s responsibility to know the rules contained herein and agree to abide by them. The handler also agrees to accept and abide by the decisions of the Judge and Master of Dogs.

A handler must conduct themselves as a gentleman and sportsman at all times. A handler becoming loud, aggressive or belligerent may be scratched regardless of the merit of his argument. A handler displaying unsportsmanlike conduct or failing to abide by these rules should be reported to the Hunt Director for a disciplinary hearing.

Handler Interference:   Any handler found guilty of interfering with another handlers dog in any way that would affect their ability to compete may be subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplining of Dogs:  No handler may not scold, encourage or punish his dog during the cast.

Handler Leaving Cast:  A handler may not leave the cast for any reason except to go to their dog on a separate tree after the tree is closed. The Judge may give a handler permission to leave the cast to search for their dog during a time out.

Inspection of Scorecard:  A handler may inspect the scorecard at any time. Provided the Judge is not in the process of scoring dogs.

Spectator Participation:  The local club may decide and announce if spectators will be allowed on casts, if agreeable with cast members.  Handlers shall be responsible for the conduct of of spectators accompanying them on casts..

Scorecard Certification:  Each handler is responsible for the honesty of the scorecard and will sign the scorecard certifying it upon completion of the cast.

Tracking and Training Collars:  The OMCBA Board of Directors has passed the rule to allow the use of tracking collars for TRACKING ONLY and absolutely no shocking or toning devices.


Ten (10) minutes are allowed to search the tree after all dogs are declared treed and leashed. If a dog arrives at the tree after the tree is closed, it must be leashed also. Spectators, handlers and judge are allowed to search the tree. If a spectator sees the coon he or she must tell the judge.


When a dog is declared treed by the handler, the dog must hold the tree for Five (5) minutes. All dogs declared treed after 30 seconds and before 1 minute will receive 3rd place points. At 1 minute the tree points are closed and no other dog(s) may receive points for that tree.

After Five (5) minutes, and upon signal from the Judge, handlers can go to the tree and leash their dogs. A search for the coon may then be conducted. Ten (10) minutes are allowed to search for the coon.

Dogs that are tracking off or and not showing treed by barking up or looking up will be minus. The Judge on arrival at the tree should observe and make sure all dogs declared treed are showing treed before the handlers leash their dogs. If dogs tree on separate trees that are over 15 steps apart, this will be declared a split tree and points will be awarded separately. in the case of a split tree, the first dog declared treed will be checked first. The dog called treed second, handler will be allowed to go to the tree and wait for the judges and cast to check the tree. Dogs must be cast back together.

If a dog moves over 15 normal steps away from the tree when it is declared treed, it will be minus unless the coon jumps from tree and dog is following. In this case the dog must show cast where the coon stopped.

No circle points will be given when dogs tree in ground or tile. Line will be drawn through points. Plus points will be given if coon is seen. Dog seen running off game by by majority of the cast or non-hunting judge will be minus 100 points for each offense. Dog treeing game other than coon will be ignored. A line drawn through points and recast. Game must be seen or dog will be minus.

Dog returning to tree that has been scored on: Handler must leash dog and recast (NO POINTS)


If the handler is reported to the hunt master of OMCBA for breaking the rules intentionally, the handler will have to come before OMCBA board of directors for a hearing. If found guilty they would be barred from OMCBA hunts from 1 year to life.


Scorecards should be completed in the woods, signed by each handler and turned into the Master of Dogs by the deadline previously established. Failure to turn in a scorecard will disqualify a cast.


Complaints must be made to the Master of Dogs within thirty (30) minutes of returning to the hunt headquarters. If the Master of Dogs is not immediately available, the complaint should be registered with a designated OMCBA officer. The handlers and judge should be present when complaints are registered. The decision of the Master of Dogs will be final.

Visitors, Spectators and Guests  All are welcome at OMCBA hunts. Please follow the directions of the judges and Master of Dogs.  Children may not throw object or be a distraction when on casts.